unkanny! Design was birthed in March 2006 and operates out of Laurel, Maryland. In 2016, I joined the Prince George’s Social Innovation Fund’s Forty Under 40 cohort, recognized for my commitment in business and community service. I do not design materials promoting drugs or hard liquor, or those which contain explicit adult content or materials that make false claims about products and services. I am held to the ethical guidelines as outlined by the AIGA (industry organization).
An early career decision
I’ve wanted to be a graphic designer since I entered my first poster contest when I was 9. I didn’t win first place, or even earn honorable mention, but something about being in a room full of posters competing for my attention did something to me. I decided my next poster would send a clear visual message in an unconventional way—two years later, my poster contest entry won first place.
I received my Associate’s Degree of Fine Arts from the Delaware College of Art & Design (2002) and my Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design (2006), both degrees were concentrated in Graphic Design. I was voted most likely to succeed in junior high, and consider myself to be a cool nerd. I have deep academic roots in science, technology/engineering, and math.
Family + fun
I am the proud mother of three—two beautiful daughters and a son—who are just as crazy as I am. When I unplug from the computer screen, we are likely hanging out at the library, playing Uno, or watching a good movie. They are my sunshine on a rainy day, and my greatest source of inspiration.
I have obligated myself to edifying my community. Not only do I offer pro bono design services through Taproot Foundation, but I also serve as Marketing/Communications/Fundraising committee chair on the board of Community Youth Advance, and Annual Report committee chair on the board of Artworks Now. Previously, I tutored high school students (in anything my brain could recall), and served three PTA boards as marketing/technology committee chair while authoring and receiving two PTA-related grants. I am an advocate for public education and equity in public education.